We all know about Microsoft’s automatic spell check feature. It’s that handy-dandy feature that converts things like teh to the. In other words, it finds common misspellings of words that occur frequently in the English language, usually due to misstrokes on a keyboard and auto-corrects them. It’s very useful, at least to me. There are words that I mistype on a regular basis; it’s like an Olympic sport for me.
But sometimes some words get auto-corrected that I don’t want auto-corrected. The most common one? The short form of IP Addresses which I, and the rest of the internet world, refer to as IPs. But MS-Word’s auto-correct always changes this to Ips. That makes no sense, I want the first two letters in upper-case, not the first one only.
Now, I agree that it useful to generally interpret two capitalized letters in a word as a misspelled word in that I held down the shift key too long. But there are exceptions to that rule and IPs is one of them.
I need to find the dictionary folks and ask them "Please add this to your dictionary. It’s a proper abbreviation. A very small, yet significant, proportion of the computer user population uses it."
If that goes through, everyone reading this blog can thank me personally for it.